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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why is Jo's evidence deemed to be inadmissable?



2. Mr. Skimpole is ___________.



3. It becomes obvious to Jo that Lady Dedlock ___________.



4. What has become of the inheritance which is the issue of the Jarndyce lawsuit?



5. What des Mrs. Snagsby suspect about Jo?



Short Essay Questions

1. With all of his physical and mental deficiencies, why would Grandfather Smallweed make the trip to George's shooting gallery?



2. What makes Lady Dedlock's past such a dreaded secret? Why do they go to such lengths to hide it and why is it threatening to have it revealed by Tulkinghorn?



3. Dickens brings poverty and wealth together to create intrigue in the story's plot. What is young Jo's involvement in the plot and why is he important?



4. What is the point of Esther, Ada, and Richard spending a night at the Jellybys'? What does Dickens accomplish with this break in their journey toward Bleak House?



5. What foreshadows a relationship between Woodcourt and Esther in this chapter?



6. Discuss Krook's Rag and Bottle Shop? Is he a good businessman? Is there anything symbolic about the shop?



7. What is the reader's impression of detective Bucket? How does Dickens accomplish his portrayal of Bucket?



8. Describe Mrs. Jellyby's compassion for humanity. Is she a rational person?



9. Charity and philanthropy seem to be addressed frequently in the story. Mrs. Pardiggle and Mrs. Jellyby have something in common in their efforts to help others. What is it?



10. Mr. Turveydrop, the elder, is a most unusual person. What exactly is his mental condition? Is he a healthy person? Is Dickens being facetious?



Essay Topics

Jarndyce v. Jarndyce comes to an end, just as Esther's adult life begins to take form. In its wake, the lawsuit has swept away many people, and the plot of the story has been cleaned up and tied up. What is Dickens trying to say, with Esther now being a happy woman, the misunderstandings smoothed out, Miss Flite's birds being free, and other semi-happy endings offered in Bleak House?

A "beadle" was something of a cross between a police officer and church official. Research the role of beadles in England in the 1800s. How did society view them at that time? It is helpful to re-read Chapter 11 of Bleak House about the beadle's arrival at Krook House at the time of Nemo's death.

The gap between the rich and poor seems extremely wide in Bleak House. Write an essay, using the story and its characters, that compares and contrasts the poorest with the wealthiest. Also, try to determine where Dickens' sympathy lay when he wrote Bleak House.

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